Tech on the Cutting Edge

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2007-12-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here are just a few of the technologies that are poised to make a business impact in the future.

While most of the emerging technologies discussed in this special report found their way into products and business implementations this year, many cutting-edge technologies were just getting their start in universities and research labs around the world. Here are just a few of the technologies that are poised to make a business impact in the future. Bionics While 2007 saw Jaime Sommers return to prime-time TV as the "Bionic Woman," bionics made some very significant advancements in the real world, helping people regain functionality from lost limbs and sometimes even providing improved capabilities.
Nanotechnology
In the classic original vision of nanotechnology, micromachines repaired everything and replicated themselves. That vision is still a distant dream, but nanotechnology-based materials are making a big impact on many different industries through the creation of lightweight and powerful materials and the enabling of next-generation energy sources. Next-Gen User Interfaces More than 20 years after the Mac brought the GUI to the masses, the vast majority of us still interact with our computer using a mouse and keyboard. Several new technologies, however, are poised to change the way people interact with their PCs—from devices that track eye movement to supersensitive touch interfaces to gesture-based systems similar to what Tom Cruise used in the sci-fi film "Minority Report."
Check out here Jim Rapoza's picks for the 2007's biggest emerging technology disappointments. Robotics Robotics have made some impressive inroads in the last year. They're no Rosie from "The Jetsons," but robotics are serving well in the form of home systems such as the Roomba, and in robots that take on some of the most dangerous tasks in military, search-and-rescue and toxic-cleanup environments.Check out eWEEK.com's Infrastructure Center for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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